login    password    artist  buyer  gallery  
Not a member? Register
Indepth Arts News:

"Americanos: Latino Life in the United States"
2000-08-19 until 2000-11-12
Field Museum
Chicago, IL, USA United States of America

In a unique partnership, The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum and The Field Museum present the exhibition, Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, a photographic celebration of Latino cultures in this country. The exhibition runs from August 19 through November 12, and contains a total of 120 photos organized into six sections representing different aspects of Latino life. Panels with text by prominent Latinos, including Carlos Fuentes, Celia Cruz, Julia Alvarez, and Sandy Alomar, introduce each section.

The Field Museum features the sections depicting Family, Work, Sports, and Culture and the Arts. The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum showcases photos of Community and Spiritual Life. Located approximately four miles apart, The Field Museum and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum plan free trolley service so the public can see the entire exhibition.

Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, a project of Olmos Productions, has been organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives. The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of Time Warner Inc. and U S WEST. Additional support has been provided by Farmers Insurance.

The exhibition shows an extraordinary and surprising view of the breadth and variety of the Latino experience, encompassing the spectra of national origin, economic status, education, profession, religion and language. Through the medium of photography at its highest artistic level, Americanos explores the complexity of interconnected cultures and presents a fascinating self-portrait of Latino America.

The intimate portrait of Latino Americans was the idea of actor-producer Edward James Olmos. He explains the exhibition this way: Why AmericanosNULL There are several reasons. Too often this society sees us not as Americans, but as strangers of this land. We have worked hard to help build this country and we continue to do so every day. When people see the face of America, they need to also see our images included. Second, as Latinos we often think of Americanos as the others in this country, not us. We, and especially our children, need to see that we are an integral and equal part of this society. Third, we wanted a title that would recognize and honor our bilingual heritage and would be easily understood in both English and Spanish. And finally, we wanted to illustrate that much like a quilt woven with many intricate and beautiful fibers, Latinos are a proud and diverse people interwoven with indigenous, Spanish/European, African, and Asian roots. We are citizens not only of the United States of America, but of all the Americas and countries around the world.

The exhibition is the centerpiece of a multi-media program that includes a large-format book, published by Little, Brown & Company, an HBO documentary, and a music CD released by Atlantic records in conjunction with Warner Music Latin America.

A distinguished jury of photojournalists selected the photographs, commissioned for the exhibition. The jury worked with the Smithsonian and Olmos Productions to bring to the public both familiar and unfamiliar images. From fashion designer to clergyman to migrant farm worker, the images reveal the diversity and synergy as well as the important contributions of the Latino communities.

Americanos features the work of thirty photographers, including two from Chicago. They are: Antonio Perez from the Spanish language newspaper, Exito; and Jose Osorio of the Chicago Tribune. Also, Mark Hinojosa, one of the exhibition catalog editors, is a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune.

Related Links:


Discover over 150,000 works of contemporary art. Search by medium, subject matter, price and theme... research over 200,000 works by over 22,000 masters in the indepth art history section. Browse through new Art Blogs. Use our advanced artwork search interface.

Call for Artists, Premiere Portfolio sign-up for your Free Portfolio or create an Artist Portfolio today and sell your art at the marketplace for contemporary Art! Start a Gallery Site to exclusively showcase your gallery. Keep track of contemporary art with your free MYabsolutearts account.


Copyright 1995-2013. World Wide Arts Resources Corporation. All rights reserved